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Dec 10, 2013 9:00am PST
the world to learn from mandela's example. it was one of his message ans we heard from president obama. >> we must ask how well have a applied his lessons in my own life. it's a question i ask myself. as a man and as a president. we know that like south africa, the united states had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. as was true here, it took sacrifice, the sacrifices of countless people known and unknown to see the dawn of a new day. michele and i are beneficiaries of that struggle. >> want to bring in jake tapper joining us from washington. jake, let's talk about that moment in the message from the president here because it is always been something that is somewhat tricky for him to talk about race. we saw it back in the campaign when he first addressed race in philadelphia, that speech that he made that was very symbolic, very significant for americans. we saw when he entered the whole trayvon martin saying he could have a son that looked like trayvon martin. yet, there are african-american who's feel like they want more from this president. where is the balance there? how
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
, that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be." when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robben island, the prison where mandela, known as madiba, spent 18 years, but this time, he brought his entire family. >> there was something different from bringing my children, and malia is now 15, sasha is 12, and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon after the leader's death was announced, obama said he could not imagine his life without mandela's example. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: president obama there echoing the words that were
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
and then a vintage world war ii airplane flew overhead to break the silence. >> president obama defended his six-month nuclear deal with iran today when he spoke at a prominent d.c. forum. the deal requires iran temporarily cap nuclear activities in exchange for slightly relaxed sanctions. critics suggest they are being unrealistic to think they will give up nuclear capabilities forever. >> one could imagine an ideal world where iran said we'll i dee str -- destroy every element where it's all gone, in which congress passed every one of my bills that i put forward. i mean, there are a lot of things that i can envision that would be wonderful. >> well, the forum is being held by the brookings institution, which is a washington think tank. >> friday's jobs report was a shot in the arm for the fokt and some good news for a white house that hasn't had a lot of it recently. 203,000 jobs were added and one group in particular is kark in. alexandra field tells us who exactly is getting hired. >> deb, young people in particular are reaping the benefits of these better jobs numbers. sinc
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
cherished leader. as world leaders, including president barack obama, the first lady, make plans to travel to south africa for the memorial, mandela's body will lie in state at government buildings in pretoria until his burial. that's december 15th in the village where he grew up. next, we will go live to johannesburg for the latest on what could be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders to remember the man who helped shape a generation. a subaru... ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the environment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll donate 250 dollars to a choice of charities that benefit your community. it feels good to be a helping hand. ♪ [ male announcer ] the parking lot helps by letting us know who's coming. the carts keep everyone on the right track. the power tools introduce themselves. all the bits and bulbs keep themselves stocked. and the doors even handle the checko
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Dec 10, 2013 3:00am PST
president obama wants to talk about human rights around the world, he comes back to nelson mandela. >> and he talks also about how the job is not yet done. there's property, injustice. there's political oppression that skill stifts, not just on this continent but around the world. that was very important for him to talk about as well. >> he delivered that message and it had a dough mystic feel to it as well, talking about schools that need to be fixed up and so forth. the inequality that exists in a lot of communities around the globe. >> we're just looking at this picture here, which is quite special. that was when barack obama was a senator from illinois. mandela was in washington giving a speech. obama managed to get to see him, very unusual. nelson mandela didn't really have time for every freshman senator but obama managed to get to see him. this is obviously a really important moment in obama's life. he keeps that picture close by. and i think it was a matter of some sadness that he didn't manage to meet mandela when he became president, given that he's the first black american presi
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
world is coming to south africa. coming to pay tribute to south africa, the father of modern south africa. the single largest gathering of heads of state in generations. among them president obama and three ex-presidents from the united states arriving this morning. former presidents clinton and carter flying separately along with presidents, prime ministers and princes and kings from nearly 100 countries. no less significantly ordinary people from all across south africa all converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg. it's built to hold 94,000 and may not be big enough and certainly too small to contain all the people to thank the man who led them to freedom. they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way. i had the privilege of spending time with bono of the band u2. he knew nelson mandela over the years and been the voice for justice here since the late 1970s. when you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind? >> stubborn until the end. you know, it was like he was playing this big sort of, he was trying to outstare god. >> his leadersh
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00am PST
world come to south africa and pay their respects. u.s. president barack obama and first lady michelle obama have already said they will be coming to south africa, although the details are still alose siff. elusive. and the final event, a week from sunday, nelson mandela's funeral, the home of qunu, only family will be attending that. >> what a moment to be reporting a true moment in history as people remember what he did not only for this country, but for this world. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >>> still to come on "new day," brett favre -- >> former minnesota vikings -- >> here we go for minnesota again -- okay. he's the tyretired from the nfl. that does not mean he's done winning football championships. we're going to explain this next. ♪ we are the champions and a choice. take up to 4 advil in a day or 2 aleve for all day relief. [ male announcer ] that's handy. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> 20 minutes after the hour now. likely hall of famer brett favre is a football champion again. well, sort of. >> the three-time mvp is now a defensive coordinator for the mississippi team. he helpe
CNN
Dec 2, 2013 10:00am PST
obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv and aids. the president's remarks live this hour. >>> hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. estart with a deadly commuter train crash in new york city. this morning had, crews started picking up derailed cars and putting some of them back on track. investigates are are poring over the wreckage to try to figure out how the train crashed. four people died, 67 others injured. one of the survivors spoke on cnn's "new day" this morning describing how she rode out the wreck. >> i wound up going kind of up one side and then just rode into where i was technically on the ceiling. and when it landed, i fell to the side where the windows had been smashed out into the ground. all of those windows had broken through, gravel and glass, big rocks that lined the track were all flying into the windows. i managed to
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Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
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Dec 5, 2013 3:00am PST
over and over again. clearly republicans want to stay on one topic, look obama care. >> when anything happens in the world, a republican senator says this is a distraction from the real issue, which is the failure of obama care. the president would rather be talking about moral issues than the flawed rollout of his health care website. >> republicans must know or feel this issue is not good for them? >> i think it's more subtle. the president is trying to take the health care law and put it in the larger argument for what he wants to get done. it's a legacy item, a priority. the republicans are content to criticize the president on more americans being on food stamps. the question is what do you do about it? that's where the gap is fundamentally in washington today. >> i was trying to get the hash tag do better going. i would argue republicans have a big interest in this. cultivating business and job production here is much an agenda item on their platform as it is for democrats. >> it is. there's an interesting question. what is the republican agenda for poverty and inequality. this
CNN
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm PST
. >> thanks, wolf. >>> when we come back, the vice president joe biden takes the world stage on a critical trip overseas. will he deliver for the white house? >>> and a prominent republican senator charges the obama administration has quote, taken lying to a new level. did his comments go too far? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." at verizon. let's go... let's go... let's go... let's go! make it your first stop for the gifts everybody wants. let's go! move it, move it, move it! verizon cyber monday is here. get the samsung galaxy note ii for just $49.99. with features like pop-up play. lets you use any app while watching video. or use the s pen for hand-written notes. hurry in or shop online. sale ends monday night. getting our best cyber monday savings. that's powerful. verizon. >>> the vice president joe biden in asia with stops in japan, china and south korea, all on his itinerary. but the trip comes at a very, very sensitive moment. let's talk about that and more with our chief political analyst, gloria borger and our cnn political commentator, david frum. this is
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 11:00am PST
! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get parough it.
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 12:00pm PST
place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. >>> today is the on verszry of the attack on pearl harbor. it was 72 years ago today. the japanese surprise attack killed more than 2,000 american service members an brought the u.s. into world war ii. let's talk more about the weather system and what is moving across this nation, particularly the central part of this country. part of that system is an ice storm that hit dallas/ft. worth very hard. thousands are still without power and many flights are still grounded. cnn's ed lavandera is live for us there. ed, is there any thaw-out that you're feeling as yet? just a little bit? >> reporter: no, at this point -- at this point, no, at this point in the day, we are completely numb to any sensation of thawing out. >> sorry. >> i don't think that's going to happen. >> so how are people coping? my gosh. that's a huge ice chunk. >> a lot of people are staying inside. very few people are going outside. this is clyde
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 12:00am PST
. president obama will be reading one of the tributes here. a number of world leaders will be. also jacob zuma and, indeed, that may be the secretary-general. he will be, too, as well. this stadium, of course is so significant. this is where mandela came. we're very near soweto, the township. this is where he came shortly after being released from robben island, from jail and gave his first speech. it's also the site of his last official public appearance. this was where one of the matches of the soccer world cup in 2010 was held. and this is where mandela was, you know, taken around with his wife on the golf cart. 95,000 people on their feet cheering him then. the last time that south africa saw him in a professional role. >> there you can see the rugby team. the south african rugby team in their official kit. iconic moment, mandela dressed in his jersey. that symbolized the beginning of this reconciliation where he really acknowledged that he represented a -- this is his funeral because it's this unwielding mixture of different types of people. he managed to be an every man to eve
CNN
Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 2015-2016. w
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
memorial service that will bring dozens of world leaders, including president obama, to south africa starting today. robin kurnow is outside mandela's home this morning. you've just spoken to one of his closest confidants. what did she say? >> we are hearing for the first time what is going on inside this house behind me. the home where nelson mandela died. we have been seeing a lot of people coming outside in the past few days laying flowers, paying their respects. we understand according to african tradition, nelson mandela's wife is sitting on a mattress in the living room in the lounge and receiving people throughout the day. she will be essentially sitting in that position welcoming visitors and there are a lot of visitors. political leaders, friends. people from across south africa that have some sort of importance and they are coming to pay their respects to the widow. we are also hearing from mandela's closest assistant who has worked for him for nearly 20 years, and she gives us some sense what have it's like inside. >> sadness in the house but celebration i almost wa
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 11:30am PST
killed more than 2,000 american service members. the attack brought the u.s. into world war two. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge fo
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
world foreign policy-making for nations. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest tribut
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
. >>> president obama and other presidents are on their way to the funeral for nelson mandela, the world is quickly preparing for what may be the largest gathering of heads of state since winston churchhill's funeral in 1965. representing the united states alone will be president obama, george bush, and president carter, making up one of the most prestigious flights in the world. more than 90 leaders will plan to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, george bush, former first lady clinton, the president and chelsea are flying in and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for sometime will not be making the trip. together they're set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there is only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting. so that is a place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to the massive events it is very hard to have a real conversation. >> these long flight, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president reagan could not a
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
obama and the entire western world will be there to pay homage. >> if i can just -- >> go ahead. >> it was also about him, a sweetness, a gentleness he changed the room. there were some figures, when nelson mandela walked into the room, he changed the room. can we agree? there was a gentle quality about him. >> absolutely. what strikes me, tell me, when you watch him on tv giving a speech, he was ram rod straight. he had this very staccato fierce way of talking. when you talk to him privately, a very soft, gentle man. >> he was. gentle is a great word to describe him. when you think of all he put up with, you think, i can't believe the kind of life he led and was given that long life to live to 95. what a blessing that was. >> thank you. >>> we continue to remember nelson mandela. stay with us. there are seniors who have left hundreds of dollars of savings on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pharmacy wants to
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
schools. we still see young people with prospects for the future. around the world today, men and women are still in prison for their political beliefs and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship and who they love! >> mr. obama's remarks clearly resonated. he received a standing ovation from diagrgnitaries on the stag and others at the service in south africa. shaking hands with the cuban president, rachlt ul castro. in recent years, the ice has melted just a bit. jim acosta is traveling with the president. he joins us now on the phone. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that's right. i want to caution our viewers that we are in the presidential motorcade as we speak. so, sometimes the secret service in their protection of the president can wreak havoc on our cell devices. i don't want to lose you but it was a stirring rendition to nelson mandela. part history lesson and part celebration of the life of the man known to south africans as madiba. carol, you ran through really great highlights of the speech when the president talked about
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
families and president obama's handshake seen around the world. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service. >>> bottom of the hour. you are watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. president obama is already on his way back home to the u.s. after delivering that heart-felt eulogy to nelson mandela. the president and first lady headed up this american delegation that included three former u.s. presidents, a number of dignitaries, making this one of the largest gatherings of heads of state in modern history. and just look at the vip section. george and laura bush chatting up the clintons. all the while the rain is coming down. even celebrities of the likes of bono and charlize theron making the long journey to pay their respects. ♪ at times with the singing and the dancing, it just felt like a revival with american gospel singer kirk franklin
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
. >>> president obama just minutes away from leaving the white house for a trip from south africa. he is one of four presidents expected to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. nearly 90 world leaders are scheduled to attend. hundreds left flowers and letters at the home where mandela has died. a south clone sheriff is refusing to do so. peckens county sheriff says flags should be lowered only for americans who sacrificed for their country. >>> stunning images out of brrksz soccer fans rioted in the stands on sunday. it shut down play for more than an hour after a key contest for two reserval brazilian teams. this is raising further questions ahead of the world cup there were concerns of fan violence, amazingly when four people were injured in all that of that chaos. >> you will probably recall the adventure 127 hours. he is expected in court this afternoon on domestic violence charges. he faces one count of assault and one count of wrongs to meerns. he was arrested in a woman's home. she has been arrested on the same charges. denver police have not released the exact sessions of t
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
. >> leaders from around the world as we said at the top of the program, also starting to converge on south africa. you see there president and mrs. obama boarding air force one. they took off from andrews air force base in maryland. several hours ago now. they're well on their way and former president george w. bush and his wife and former first lady laura bush are en route to johannesburg. >> tomorrow when the official memorial service is going to take place, it's the city's soccer stadium. we want to go live to robin ker now outside of the mandela home. set the scene for us, the mood. this is day four of a ten-day mourning period. >> and i spoke to somebody close to mandela. they said it wasn't enough to not only say good-bye to such a great man but it wasn't enough to organize all of this. just imagine trying to organize more than 90 heads of state, plus more than 80,000 to 90,000 people in that stadium just for tomorrow. in terms of the way south africa is saying good-bye, you can see it behind me. it's starting to rain. people are still outside his home and they've been here non
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm PST
world cup final was held. some heads of states, perhaps barak obama will attend that. then we will see three days of lying in state. 2340u what will be symbol ec about that is that he will lie in state at the steps of the union building in nearly the same place where he took his oath of office to become the first democratically elected president. once that process is over on day nine essentially of this program, he will be flown by military aircraft along with the elders vip political figures and his family, which is large, they'll be flown down to his hometown and then the military, the state will effectively hand over his body, his coffin, his casket to the family at the get as of the homeinstead, i think from what we understand there will be a shift from moving the south african flag to putting a blanket over his casket, which will symbolize him coming home to his ancestral land. then there will be atate funeral in the ground of his ancestral home in the hills where he walked and played as a young child. so there really is a sense of a full circle of life here going back to thos
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
appearance at the 2010 world cup will also be the setting of his massive memorial service tomorrow. speakers will include president obama, the cuban president raul castro and the united nations secretary general ban ki-moon. security onstage and elsewhere will be extremely tight but there are other concerns as well about the audience that will include three former u.s. presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter as well as many other dignitaries and celebrities. george and laura bush are aboard air force one with the obamas right now. so is the former secretary of state hillary clinton, the current attorney general of the united states, eric holder, the national security advisor to the president, susan rice, among many, many others. let's bring in our chief national correspondent, john king, who has covered a lot of these kinds of trips. we have been on many of these major trips. can it get awkward from time to time? you have -- there will be four american presidents, current president, three former presidents, in south africa with their wives at the same time. >> num
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., brazil, the haven't of china, namib namibia -- libya and president raul castro of cuba will be up on the same stage with the president of the united states. i wonder if they'll shake hands, exchange words. could be a little awkward since the u.s. does not have the full diplomatic releases with canada and still cuba is regarded as a state sponsor of international terrorism. have they said anything at the
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
black president of his nation spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir, "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awaken me to the wider world and the obligation we all have to stand up for what it is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear we did not have to accept the world as it is, that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robbin island, but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children. and malia is now 15. sasha is 12, and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon off the leader's death was announced, obama said he co
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
stadium where the world cup football was held, so it's a big modern piece of architecture, an open celebration. we think that's where president obama and president bush will be going. i know that from a security point of view and also just from a logistical point of view, a lot of the heads of state might try to go to that event which will be held here in johannesburg. it's easier to get in and out of. the main stage funeral will be held in this very rural remote area in mandela's ancestral village. i have been there, it is difficult for us as a reporting team often to go there when there's nothing going on. it's barely accessible by one road. i think the fact that thousands of dignitaries, including dozens of heads of state are going to be flying into this very secluded area to celebrate his life literally under a large tent in the hills of rural south africa, from a logistical and security point of view, potentially a nightmare but also, what a fitting tribute to a man who started off as a young barefoot herds boy and went on to lead a nation and of course, it's that sense of ful
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Dec 8, 2013 9:00am PST
is "state of the union." all the world is a stage and there are lots of actors these days. president obama acknowledge the u.s. would accept a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact that north korea is not the focus of attention right now, tha
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Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
world is coming to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela, the father of south africa. it is the single largest gathering of heads of state and gives just in a few hours, president obama, former president george w. bush and hillary clinton sharing air force one, former presidents clinton and carter flying separately, along with presidents and princesses and kings from other countries. many converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg, it is built were we're told, for 90,000, may not be big enough. here they come to thank the man who led them to freedom. now how many other figures can you say that about? that they led a country to freedom and showed the world a better way. i had the privilege today of spending time with bono, the band member of u-2, he knew mandela personally and has been a champion for justice since the late '70s. >> when you first heard that he had died, what went through your mind? >> stubborn until the end, you know? it was like he was playing this -- he was trying to outstare god, and finally, god blinked. >> his leadership was in part to get a abi
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
ultimately diverted to an area more than 100 miles away. >>> remembering an icon. around the world tributes are pouring in for nelson mandela who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. president obama and the first lady will head to south africa next week to honor the south african leader thafl be traveling with former president bush and laura bush. wolf blitzer talked with clinton about the advice for mandela that guided him through some very difficult times. >> he was saying, if you're in public life and you have public responsibilities, you cannot be free and effective unless you have no personal feelings of anger. i remember one day, about a month after that whole impeachment business was over, henry hyde who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe it was a few months after, with you it was shortly after. asked for a meeting at the white house. for something that he was really interested in, he brought a delegation and my staff said i can't believe you're going to do. this i said it is my job to do it. he is a member of congress and a senior member. and they came and left. a
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
transitioning to majority rule. in the days ahead, a parade of world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their respects. former president george w. bush and his wife will fly in air force i with president obama and the first lady to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton also plans to attend. both clinton and his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton meat with mandela in his final years. former president jimmy carter will also travel to the memorial as part of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he s
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm PST
95-year-old former president who died on thursday. in the days ahead a parade of world leaders will travel to south africa to pay their respects. former president george w. bush will fly with president obama to tuesday's memorial. former president bill clinton, he will also attend. cnn's robyn kurnow is live in johannesburg, it won't be easy for all of these dignitaries to get to the final resting place. >> reporter: absolutely. and it's also quite a packed schedule, what we're going to see is a day of remembrance, tomorrow, sunday, then tuesday there's a memorial service at a soccer stadium here outside johannesburg, the place where there was a world cup final a few years ago. that's where we are expecting to see most of the heads of state gather to pay their respects. then on wednesday, thursday, and friday nelson mandela is going to lie in state at the union buildings, the same place where he took office as the first black president of south africa in 1994. then saturday he's going to be flown to his hometown, home area in the eastern cape, and sunday he will be buried after a fu
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Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm PST
america's strength in the world, are we as respected or feared around the world? and a lot of republicans would say no. and you know, this is the argument that -- >> the north koreans have been doing this under george w. bush and barack obama. this -- >> this -- >> how do you demonstrate strength with a regime with nuclear devices? what are you going to do? strength sounds good but it's -- >> the best way to get rid of this regime, which is just pure evil, the most evil regime on earth and of the last century is going to be that china has to decide they want north korea to fall. unfortunately the increasing cold war tension between the united states and china will make china cling to north korea over more and give the regime more of an insurance policy. >> i just feel for the family of this man. >> is there any encouragement that in the statement there was something about that if released to the united states, he would speak the truth? were they showing their hand there? governor richardson? >> no. i -- this is a pattern of the north koreans. they make some of these prisoners
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Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
" with jake tapper starts now. >>> happy repeal day! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get through it. pastor warren joins us live to share his theory that faith can lighten the burden not only on your soul but on your health. >>> and the politics lead. how to talk to a woman. no, it's not a book full of cheesy pick-up lines. it's a crash course for the men of the republican party. they are getting tips on communicating with female voters. lesson one, lose the idiotic remarks about rape. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin w
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Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm PST
" starts right now. >>> good evening, everyone. as one official here in johannesburg put it, the world is coming to south africa. coming to pay tribute to south africa, the father of modern south africa. the single largest gathering of heads of state in generations. among them president obama and three ex-presidents from the united states arriving this morning. former presidents clinton and carter flying separately along with presidents, prime ministers and princes and kings from nearly 100 countries. no less significantly ordinary people from all across south africa all converging on a soccer stadium here in johannesburg. it's built to hold 94,000 and ma
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president obama as well. president clinton, so many world leaders will be, of course, responding and reacting. in fact, i expect to be hearing from the president, there you can see the white house briefing room, they are getting ready for a statement from the president of the united states. the seal is there, now the flags are being installed. momentarily the president will walk into the briefing room and pay his respects and these are live pictures once again we're showing from outside president nelson mandela's home outside of johannesburg. robyn kurnow is in johannesburg for us. she's covered this story for a long time. robyn, i understand that authorities in south africa, they worked out a very, very deliberate series of commemorative events over the next several days as world leaders will come to south africa. >> reporter: understandably, the focus for most people in the world is going to be here over the next ten days. we expect his funeral to take place on day ten so that is either saturday or sunday a week. we know that in the next three or four days, his body will be taken t
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Dec 2, 2013 3:30pm PST
reckless and foolish on the part of the republican party to have one strategy, which is to hope obama fails? that's the only strategy, as best as i can tells. >> remember the shovel ready? remember obama care, demonstrated weakness around the world? >> again, this is your whole strategy. >> it's not a strategy. >> but what is your strategy? you have no strategy for getting jobs for the country, no strategy for immigration. am i wrong? >> the next time i do this showing i'm bringing a couple hundred bills to show you. >> on the still his, the economic is in fact growing, jobs are being added. this republican party is a lot different than the one you ran, speaker gingrich. republicans back then were actually bringing why is to the table. >> let's do everything we can do derail them. >> my friend here, you guys tortured him, tried to demonize him every day, every second, so don't fall for that. >> i was in high school. >> not you. >> presidents can recover. usually if they get in deep trouble, they recovered by getting a new team. your former boss, mr. gibbs, who just had a great weekend
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Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
his courage, for his dignity in the fight against apartheid. press obama says he showed the world what's possible. >> nelson mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. south africa shows that is true. south africa shows we can change. that we can choose a world defined not by our differences but by our common hopes. we can choose a world defined not by conflict but by peace and justice. and opportunity. >> president obama's speech paid tribute to mandela's life and legacy and also a message about the political challenges he and other leaders face today. he says mandela's death should cause each of us he says, to examine our own lives. we want to break down the president's speech on the world is taken. chief political analyst gloria borger is with us. gloria, let me play another clip from the president because his words were pointed. >> for around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. we still see rundown schools. we still see young people without prospects for the future. around the world today, men and women are still
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00am PST
. erin mclaughlin, thank you for that. >> the tributes are pouring in from all over the world this morning. president obama had some very, very poignant words to honor the late president of south africa. he actually invoked words that were used at president lincoln's funeral. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity and bending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madiba transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the presence that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer pour and reconcile for those who jailed him set an example that all humanity took inspire to whether the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact did he it all with grace, with humor, and the ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> well said. the president also said that mandela inspired him. protests against the apartheid in south africa was the president's first foray in politics. >>> george
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Dec 2, 2013 9:00am PST
. >> the obama care website gets an upgrade. you're watching "around the world." i'm frederick cag whitfield. >> i'm michael holmes. let's start with the fatal commuter train crash in the bronx, ntsb investigators is say they have now downloaded information from what's called an event recorder on board that could tell them what made the train jump the tracks on sunday. >> authorities are also looking for any video out there that could help explain exactly what went wrong. four people were killed and dozens more hurt in the crash. at least one doctor says survivors might need mental health care. >> not surprising, too. have a listen to what some passengers said about the experience. >> i thought i'm going to die, to be honest. i thought i'm going to die. >> i broke my arm. it's really painful. >> i heard a lot of crunching and grinding and started seeing stars in front of my eyes and thought, my goodness, is this the end. >> i heard a screeching noise. i happened to be by the window. i still heard a screeching noise and then within seconds, the ambulance and the fire trucks started
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
the world as it should be. when president obama visited south africa this summer, mandela was so ill, the two were unable to meet. still mandela's inspiration played large during the president's trip. president obama returned to robben island, the prison where mandela known as madiba spent 18 years but this time he brought his entire family. >> there was something different about bringing my children and malia is now 15. sasha is 12. and seeing them stand within the walls that once surrounded nelson mandela, i knew this was an experience that they would never forget. i knew that they now appreciated a little bit more the sacrifices that madiba and others had made for freedom. >> reporter: soon after the leader's death was announced, obama said he could not imagine his life without mandela's example. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: we are told he will head to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela and
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Dec 10, 2013 3:30pm PST
have the details for you. plus an historic gathering of world leaders in south africa today. did president obama's handshake distract from nelson mandela's memorial? and a family of six found alive after two days lost in the freezing wilderness. great news. we'll go to nevada for the latest. good evening, everyone. news, there is a budget deal in washington. bipartisan negotiato
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Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
obama for his signature. >>> america and british spies have infiltrated "world war craft" and others according to the new documents released. it has more than 7 million subscribers. >>> princeton university has started vaccinating thousands of students to try to stop an outbreak of meningitis b. the cdc is allowing limited use of the vaccine at princeton where eight people have fallen ill. >>> scientists have extracted the oldest human known dna from bones find in northern spain. the 400,000-year-old remains belong to an early human light species that could be an ance ancestor of both neanderthals. really a fascinating find there. >> we should all look so good at 400,000 years old. >> it will make you feel young. >> i feel so young. >>> coming up next, crime and punishment and a horrible end to a honeymoon. however this murder trial comes out, just getting under way. the bride that is accused of pushing her husband off a cliff. details straight ahead. now back to anderson. >> also have more from south africa. my conversation with david turnley a pulletszer prize winning photographer.
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Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
stand for? well, actually, it can mean beautiful things. the world is quickly preparing for what may be the largest gathering of heads of state since winston churchill's funeral in 1965. representing the u.s. alone will be presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. comprising one of the most prestigious frequent flyer clubs in the world. today, air force one departed for south africa, where more than 90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, i
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the world. i spoke to michelle obama, the first lady, when she visited here. this is her thoughts after she met nelson mandela. >> i told him, you know, i wanted to make sure he understood how important his leadership and sacrifice has been to who i've become, to who my husband has become, and in short i just said thank you. it's really hard to know what to say to such an icon. >> reporter: a little earlier his family made a statement saying mandela made time for everyone, for kings and queens, poor and rich, and great and small. >> fantastic. nicely put. thanks so much, robyn curnow. we will check back with you. >>> in this country, a georgia man arrested for stealing electricity from a school to charge his electric car. did police go too far? we ask the legal guys next. [ male announcer ] this is jim, a man who doesn't stand still. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with
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only allowed two letters a year from his family. >> president obama and his family toured robben island during their first visit to south africa in june into word of any son mandela's death spread quickly around the world and the united states, of course. for many americans his death was like losing one of his own. >> president obama met the leader in 2005 and he and the first lady visited south africa in june but they were unable to meet with mandela due to his failing health. the president paid tribute to the falling icon counting himself among the millions influenced by mandela. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that will nelson mandela set. >> want to bring in andrew young, civil rights leader and former ambassador to the united nations. welcome, as well as james joseph, former u.s. ambassador to south africa and duke university professor, both of who new mandela very well on a per
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Dec 8, 2013 5:00am PST
over south africa to honor mandela. world leaders are preparing to do the same as well. president obama, a trio of former u.s. presidents will attend mandela's memorial service on tuesday. we go to johhannesburg now. you've been discussing this move and what it meendz to spend the next few days celebrating nelson mandela. tell us more about that and what you've been seeing today. >> well, you can hear it as well. this constant lament, this constant song of thanks just around me here in the streets. people continue to come here. it's becoming like a pilgrimage, i think. and just remember, this is a very suburban street in a quiet wealthy area of johannesburg and ten blocks that way, eight blocks that way, people are parking their cars and walking, pushing strollers, bringing their children along, elderly people coming with bouquets of flowers. others have picked flouers from their gardens. this is a very south african affair. it's a mandela's south africa. it is such a multiracial crowd. you have people from all walks of life. and i think if there is ever any tribute to nelson mandela an
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00pm PST
. the government has also confirmed today that at least 59 dignitaries from around the world are confirmed to be here during these ten days of mourning. they include u.s. presidents barack obama, george w. bush, bill clinton, and jimmy carter. queen elizabeth ii will be represented by her son, prince charles. french president holland e will be here also. a logistical challenge ahead for the government. what does the week ahead look like? on tuesday we will see our first formal memorial service for the late president at fnb stadium. it seats 95,000 but the government in an effort to allow as many people as possible to take part in festivities, if can you call it that, will have 90 screens around the country, broadcasting what will take place on tuesday. wednesday through thursday, nelson mandela's body will lay in state. each morning his body will go on precession of sorts through the capital, allowing south africans to bid farewell. all of that ahead of nelson mandela returning to his ancestral homeland next weekend. there will be a ka traditional funeral for him on saturday endi
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